The Week in Reviews, Op. 28: Anne Akiko Meyers, Hilary Hahn, Regina Carter in concert + MORE

 

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In Parenthesis: Remembering WWI at the Royal Opera House + MORE

Andrew Bidlack as Private John Ball, on sentry dutyPhoto (c) Bill Cooper/WNOJuly 1 marked the centenary of the beginning of the Somme: one name to cover months of bloody, now-infamous conflict. It also saw the last performance of Iain Bell's In Parenthesis at the Royal Opera House. Based on Dav.... More »
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Michael Hersch’s New Opera Reflects on a Friend’s Death + MORE

Michael Hersch’s new opera, “On the Threshold of Winter,” was inspired by a friend’s lost battle with ovarian cancer and a dying Romanian poet’s diary..... More »
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CBSO/Grazinyte-Tyla review – precision and power unite for symphonic storm + MORE

Symphony Hall, BirminghamMirga Gražinytė-Tyla commanded orchestra and audience alike in a programme that spanned work by Mahler, Hadyn and her own Lithuanian compatriotsMirga Gražinytė-Tyla is only at the beginning of her tenure as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s new music director.... More »
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Review: Lost Dog Ensemble Delves Into John Luther Adams + MORE

From trancelike to glistening, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble presented three works by the composer John Luther Adams as part of a festival devoted to musicians in Queens..... More »
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Crystal Pite’s Choreographed Encounters Based on The Tempest + MORE

  Belton, The Tempest Replica: Kidd Pivot/Crystal Pite, Sadler’s Wells, London, 25.4.2014 (J.O’D) Performers:   Bryan Arias, Eric Beauchesne, Peter Chu, Sandra Marín Garcia, Yannick Matthon, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Ralph Escamillan (apprentice) Choreographer: Crystal Pite, Composer: O.... More »

CD Spotlight. A Glorious Time

– www.mvdaily.com

C P E Bach’s Magnificat, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘Soloists, choir and orchestra under Hans-Christoph Rademann … infectiously impart their delight in the music …’

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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Congrats to Steve Smith!

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Steve Smith, who left Time Out NY only weeks ago, has been offered, and has accepted, a position as Assistant Arts Editor of the Boston Globe. It’s a loss for NYC and for the NY Times, for which he has been freelancing, but a big gain for Boston!As I told him on Facebook, not much opera in Boston, but the new music and early music scenes are matchless…

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Mozart’s Women – Part Two

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Review – Mozart Arias (Marina Rebekah, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Speranza Scapucci)
To listen to this Mozart recital disc immediately after that of Ms Gauvin is to enter a different world of sound and interpretation.
Marina Rebeka is a new name for me but judging from social media her star seems to be in the ascendant…

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Goodness had everything to do with itAlthough Rossini and his librettist Ferretti endeavored to cleanse their Cinderella of all things supernatural—no fairy godmother, no pumpkin transformed into a coach, no glass slipper, the Met stage was still filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season…

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The 2014-15 season at Bing Concert Hall begins Sept. 21. Highlights range from Toumani Diabaté, Emmylou Harris and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham to the Emerson String Quartet and the Kronos Quartet to the San Francisco Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony. Subscriptions go on sale to the public June 23.

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Elgar The Kingdom – for the Forward Thinking

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Elgar The Kingdom - for the Forward ThinkingAfter hearing Andrew Davis conduct Elgar The Apostles (op 49, 1902-3) at the Barbican (read my review here), I decided to revist its companion piece, The Kingdom op 51 (1901-6). The Kingdom is ideal material for the BBC Proms because it’s spectacular and needs a space as grandiose as the Royal Albert Hall…

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Festival Opera in Walnut Creek is staging two short Holocaust-themed works, including Jake Heggie’s ‘Another Sunrise’; while Opera Paralelle is performing Francis Poulenc’s ‘Les Mamelles de Tiresias’ and Kurt Weill’s ‘Mahagonny Songspiel.’

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Free CD Giveaway: Schubert's Winterreise with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut DeutschOf all the great song cycles, Schubert’s Winterreise is the one that has the greatest capacity for repeated listenings, with its bittersweet emotions, unanswered questions, and downward trajectory of the protagonist. There is no doubt that something unimaginably profound happens in the final song, but as to what that might be and where it leads after the end of the cycle is left up to the listener…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 28: Anne Akiko Meyers, Hilary Hahn, Regina Carter in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Anne Akiko Meyers performed the Bates with the Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Tribune: “The music is cannily tailored to Meyers’ musical personality, and it put to the test her ability to draw floods of sweet tone and shape the quasi-bluesy and jazzy riffs from her priceless fiddle…

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Flicks in Five: John Barry

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While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Bond. James Bond.

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End the Missionary Position in Classical Music

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End the Missionary Position in Classical MusicTime to end the Missionary position in classical music, where middle class western pundits pontificate on what’s best for lesser beings. The motives may be noble but the underlying assumption isn’t. When “civilised” folk bemoan the fact that non-white, non middle-class audiences don’t flock to concerts and opera, they’re implicitly replicating the values of imperial aggression…

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You can do better than that

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You can do better than that“Do you remember the first time you heard classical music” asks a tweet from the Bienen Music School linked to my recent post about Jan Willis. Some years ago I recounted how my parents took me in the early 1960s to hear Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the young Singaporean maestro Choo Hoey…

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